Mentor/Mentee Retreat

Every year during the second weekend being up at CMU the incoming LAS class and all of their Mentors go on a retreat to Eagle village in Evart, Michigan. This is a fantastic thing we do as a part of the LAS protocol. The first two weeks of college are very tiring and full of new experiences. This weekend is used to finally get to spend some great time with our Mentors who we are paired with to help us get through this transition. I was lucky enough to also have a brother in this process. My Mentor is Bellal Ammar and my “twin” so we say is Nate Stempky.

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Bellal(middle), Nate(left), and me!

I was ready to have an amazing weekend of leadership and bonding and i was not let down!

The retreat started with breaking into small groups and us sharing our Road Maps which was a basic outline of big events in our life. We would be in these groups throughout the week. Each day we got to participate in one large event. The first day we got to go on a High Ropes course. It was a great experience and got to test people in many different aspects whether you were afraid to be suspended that high or challenged yourself such as doing certain parts blindfolded. After the activity got over we got free time to bond with both classes of LAS. I spent most of this time playing volleyball which was a blast! We ended the night by having a bonfire together and moving all of the mattresses into the main room and having a big slumber party. The first day was definitely a success with tons of bonding! The next day my group had some leadership activities we went through. We did 4 activities included having to move different sized tires from 3 poles with many rules that made it a challenge and getting everyone across a fake river of tree stumps. We ended the day on going over peoples best memories, what they learned, and some reflection. To see a video of our trip click here.

I had such a memorable time at Eagle River with my class of LAS and the sophomore class! This is just the start of the bond that I will form with all of these fantastic people. It was great to see how close the Sophomore class was and them telling us how that will be us. The future is bright and I am excited to participate in the Mentor/Mentee retreat next year as a Sophomore with my own mentee and to spend the next four years with the LAS class of 2015 at the wonderful Central Michigan University.

 

Leadership Safari

Leadership Safari is a great way for incoming freshman and transfer students to get introduced to Central Michigan University’s campus and meet many incoming freshman. Leadership Safari started in 1996 when it had 65 students to 2014 with 1,976 students and even more in 2015. I am lucky to have been able to attend the program this year. I was a participant this year and hope to be a part of the staff this upcoming year. Coming into Safari, I was worried if I would like my group and if I would actually meet anyone cool. I had seen the video from the year before and had high expectations but a little doubt always comes with that.

The very first night of Safari, we got to meet with our groups and introduce ourselves. The first two days we were pretty separated form our groups. On the third day we started being with our groups most of the day and we started to gel. By the end of Safari our group was very close and I feel as if i could ask any of them for help or their opinion. A big point that was being pushed during Safari was that everyone has a story and you can not tell that by just looking at them. All groups are random and many activities work to put you in groups with people you do not know and forces you to participate. This helps you learn more people and put yourself out there.

I think this event was very eye opening and gives you an advantage coming into college that someone who didn’t participate would not receive. We got to talk a lot about how the world is avery judgemental place where people are judged before someone has time to get to know them. I am going to personally work on not judging anyone by appeatance and give them a chance to show their personality before I come to conclusions. I think anyone can benefit by having this mindset. In my opinion this is an important trait for a leader to have. They must gain relationships to have more of an effect on somebody and for them to listen to what you have to say. I am very happy to have had this experience at Leadership Safari and can not wait for many more in my time at the wonderful Central Michigan University.

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